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NFL Game Summary - Miami at New Orleans



(Monday, September 30th)

Final Score: New Orleans 38, Miami 17

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Drew Brees threw four touchdown passes as the New Orleans Saints cruised to a 38-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday at the Superdome.

Brees connected on 30-of-39 passes for 413 yards. Brees eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark for the ninth straight game, tying his own NFL record set over the 2011-2012 seasons.

Jimmy Graham caught four passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns and Darren Sproles added seven catches for 114 yards and one touchdown for the Saints (4-0), who are off to their best start since winning the first 13 games of the season in 2009 before going on to win Super Bowl XLIV. Marques Colston finished with 96 yards on seven catches in the victory.

"I felt like we found our rhythm," Brees said. "Every time we touched the ball, it felt like we were going to go down and score points."

Ryan Tannehill struggled for the Dolphins (3-1), completing 22-of-35 passes for 249 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and one lost fumble.

"We're not happy. Obviously you don't want to come out and perform like that," Tannehill said. "But you look at it and there are things you can correct."

Brandon Gibson caught six passes for 71 yards and Charles Clay added six passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in the setback.

"We will find out a lot about the team we have here by the way we come back tomorrow," said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

Brees led the Saints down the field with relative ease on the game's opening drive. Brees went 3-for-3 for 70 yards on the trip, before handing it off to Sproles from five yards out for the score. Sproles got the drive started with a 48-yard catch-and-run down the left sideline.

The Dolphins answered back with a 34-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal after a strong drive stalled and a false start penalty moved the ball back to the 17- yard line.

The Miami offensive line dominated the Saints' front seven, allowing Tannehill and Lamar Miller to pick up a combined 59 yards on the march. New Orleans, though, stopped the Dolphins on 3rd-and-short, forcing the field goal.

After taking over on their own 38 following a Tannehill fumble, Brees connected with Graham in the end zone to give the Saints a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter. Earlier in the drive, Brees hit Sproles with a short pass on 3rd-and-20, and the undersized back raced to the marker for a fresh set of downs. Four plays later, Brees connected with Graham for an acrobatic 27-yard TD catch.

Miami responded with a touchdown as Miller bulled his way in from five yards out to make it a 14-10 game. Earlier in the drive, Tannehill hit Marcus Thigpen with a short pass on the right side and the running back took it 50 yards before he was tripped up inside the 10-yard line to set up Miller's TD two plays later.

Miami forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, but Jabari Greer picked off Tannehill and returned it to the Dolphins' 23-yard line.

After a sack and an incomplete pass forced the Saints into 3rd-and-11 from the 13, Brees connected with Sproles on a swing route to the left side, just sneaking the ball past a Miami defender, and Sproles carried it across the goal line to send New Orleans into the break with a 21-10 edge.

The Saints dominated the second half, outscoring the Dolphins 17-7.

New Orleans found the end zone on their first touch of the half as Brees hit Benjamin Watson with a 4-yard touchdown pass. Watson caught the ball near the right sideline and stretched across the end zone as he was tackled for the score.

The Saints wasted no time after forcing another Miami three-and-out, as Brees found Graham down the right side for a 43-yard TD. Graham was nearly taken down at the 5-yard line, but carried a defender on his back and into the end zone to give New Orleans a commanding 35-10 lead.

Tannehill floated a touchdown pass to Clay from three yards out to cap a 9- play, 67-yard trek that bridged the third and fourth quarters.

Garrett Hartley's 29-yard field goal with 7:15 to play made it 38-17.

Game Notes

Brees has 21 four-touchdown games in his career, tied for third-most all-time with Dan Marino. Peyton Manning is first with 24, followed by Brett Favre with 23 ... Graham has a touchdown reception in five straight games dating back to last season ... New Orleans is 4-0 for the fourth time in team history ... The Saints are 11-2 on Monday night since 2006, and have won each of their last nine tilts on Monday ... Sproles fumbled for the first time in 33 games with the Saints ... Tannehill has been sacked an NFL-worst 18 times this season.

10/01 03:24:16 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
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Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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